This was released as a single from A Tribe Called Quest's first album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
. The group had four members at the time; Jarobi White left the group after the album and wasn't replaced. Like the other singles, including "Can I Kick It?
" and "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo
," it didn't make the pop charts, which raised their temperatures when Vanilla Ice took off. "How come someone like that can be Number One while we're sitting here struggling with our crazy originality?" Q-Tip asked.
The song and album were later hailed as classics, but at the time it wasn't clear that Tribe's intricate, soft-spoken songs would find an audience.